Shockers drop final game to Liberty Bell Mountain Lions

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield football team traveled to Winthrop Nov. 6 for their final game of the season. Liberty Bell out muscled the local boys for a 72-36 win. The Shockers played strongly until mistakes and injuries took their toll.

Nolan Ruud had 154 yards on 13 complete passes in 17 attempts. The Shocker passing attack and running attack were nearly balanced in the number of yards gained. Zane Salcido was the leading rusher with 64 yards to his credit. Salcido has upped his number of yards gained significantly in the last two contests. Dillon McCullough ran for 34 yards. Braylon Bromiley showed great promise for the future with 47 yards gained against the Mountain Lions. Johnny Mullen had 80 yards receiving and a touchdown. Will Osborne caught passes totaling 30 yards and also crossed the goal line for a score.

Seniors Nolan Ruud, Zane Salcido, Tyler Tollackson, Joe Dahlke, Matt McCullough, Andy Caballero and Lakin Thomsen saw action for the last time as Shockers. Taylor Riggs was sidelined earlier in the season by illness. Junior Dillon McCullogh was an outstanding runner for Waterville/Mansfield and will return. Other junior players were hit hard by injuries this year. Sophomores Johnny Mullen, Cole Koenig, Alex Capi and Will Osborne saw lots of action and will return next year. Capi has developed into a fine kicker. Freshmen Angel Lucero, Thomas Mosier, Braylon Bromiley, Colin Poppie and Cody Deshazer played regularly and will be coming back. Junior Tanner Marden, sidelined for the entire season with an injury, will also return for the Shockers.

The football team acknowledged the cheerleaders with a “shout-out” for their outstanding support of the team this year. They were also appreciative of the fans from Waterville and Mansfield who braved the elements to see them play. The Shockers compiled a two win, seven loss record. The wins were over Inchelium and Yakama Tribal School.